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Thrifty Ideas to Shop Like a Pro

Thrifting refers to secondhand shopping, usually at a flea market, thrift store or yard sale. It’s become a popular past time, even among professionals. All you need is a good eye. Thrifting is a favorite means of finding unique and affordable home decor and fashion pieces. It can be fun sifting through a rubble of junk, especially when you find a buried treasure! It’s also a wise choice when you’re on a budget.

Personally, I’ve found Ann Taylor and Banana Republic skirts in perfect condition for less than five dollars. Additionally, I’ve purchased mid cemid-centuryture and original artwork for a fraction of its worth.

Tips for Thrifting:

  • While thrifting may be fun for some people, others will find it toil. If this is you, make your next thrifting excursion a fun community affair and invite friends. I’m sure you will at least uncover a good deal of laughter.
  • Be careful what you purchase. You don’t necessarily need another spatula, no matter how good of a deal you may get. It can be tempting to start collecting a lot of things you don’t need. Not only will you begin to collect clutter, but you will most likely end up spending more than you anticipated.
  • Just because it’s at a yard sale or thrift store doesn’t mean it’s always a bargain. I have found things priced way above retail.
  • Thrift stores are getting pricier than in the early years. So opt for yard sales and flea markets which usually offer the best deals, plus you can usually negotiate. Save yourself time and search for church and community yards sales.
  • Make a list of items you need so you can narrow your search.
  • Set a budget. You can still go over budget if you are not careful. Pennies add up quickly.
  • Don’t buy anything that cannot be cleaned thoroughly.
  • It takes a lot of time to sort through the not-so-good stuff to retrieve the prize. So allow yourself time and patience.
  • Have fun!

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